Tong, St Bartholomew
6 bells, tenor 12-0-17 in F and bourdon bell, 45-3-11 in C
TF11 8PW SJ 796074
Sunday: 10.15 - 10.55am 1st Sunday; others by arrangement
The bells are by five different founders and of six different dates:
|Treble||Abraham Rudhall II of Gloucester||1719|
|2||William Clibury of Wellington||1636|
|3||Robert Newcombe of Leicester||1593|
|4||Henry Oldfield II of Nottingham||1605|
|5||William Clibury of Wellington||1625|
|Tenor||Thomas Mears of London||1810|
The bourdon bell, cast by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough in 1892, is not 'tucked-up' into its timber headstock. It is rung full-circle, with some difficulty, on special occasions.
The church has a central tower and the bells are rung from the crossing. Some thirty feet of unguided rope tends to expose weaknesses in handling. Those not ringing can admire the medieval choir stalls with misericords and also a number of fine alabaster and stone monuments.
Surrounded by tombs and monument are (left to right):
Rex Edwards, Jacqui Barden, Sue Hood, Gill Glover, Nick Green and Brian Kear